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With the rugby season drawing to a close, ‘Live at Kingsholm’ returns to our pages this month to promote two international superstars of the music world – McFly and Ronan Keating. Both will perform at the home of Gloucester Rugby next month – first up, on Thursday 13th June, is McFly, followed by Ronan the day after. The two acts are bound to draw attention from ladies of all ages, so – if they’re not already sold out by the time you read this – order your tickets quickly! For those keen to see the former Boyzone lead singer, why not enter our competition for a pair of tickets – see page 21. At 10am on Monday 13th May two ‘not so well known’ characters will be within a stone’s throw of Kingsholm at Gloucester Cathedral. Featured on our cover, William Reddaway and his horse Strider will be visiting 30 Cathedrals and Abbeys on their 6-month, 2,500 mile ride around England in a bid to raise £250,000 for charity. Cheer them on if you can. If the April showers left you feeling a bit crabby, why not cheer yourself up with a lobster? The Parrot Bar & Grill are presenting a fantastic offer for those who enjoy, or would like to try, these delicious crustaceans. They’re offering a discount on any lobster dish and, if you also order a Champagne Cocktail – you’ll get it half price! Where else can you enjoy sensibly priced lobster in Gloucestershire? We’ve got all our usual columns for your enjoyment, plus another five competitions for you to enter. The Everyman Theatre has given us tickets for ‘Miss Nightingale’ and the Bacon Theatre provide the chance to see dynamic young performance group ‘JuNk’. You can win tickets to see ‘Iron Man 3’ at Cineworld in The Brewery (along with some Marvel Comic goodies), and Lechlade Music Festival have given us a pair of weekend tickets. Last, but not least, two lucky readers can avoid one of the most hated household chores by winning our Ovenclean competition.

Fingers crossed for some May sunshine!

Contents Food & Entertainment 5 Delicious Dishes 7 Health & Beauty 11 What’s On 16 Did You Know? 25 Homes & Gardens 26 In the Garden 43 Professional Services 50 Money Matters 53 People First Policing 57 Index of Advertisers 58 Competition Winners 58

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William and Strider with Cotswold RDA Centre Manager Mo Begg (left) and horse agility trainer Sheila Reed.

Targeting £100 a mile for two great causes Our cover this month features William Reddaway and Strider – his 11-year-old horse – who, together, are attempting to raise £250,000 for two charities by completing a 2,500 mile ‘Ride Round England’. William, 65, was born and grew up in London, but Gloucestershire has been his home since 1984. He’s a supporter of Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre Riding for the Disabled, helping young people in London who, as he says, “have struggles that I never had, and don’t have the smiles and laughter I’ve enjoyed.” But William and Strider’s efforts will also contribute greatly to supporting young people in our county too. The Family Holiday Association, which helps many hundreds of families in dire circumstances to have a simple break, has made a commitment to use funds raised by the ride to give holidays to at least 20 Gloucestershire families. Up and above his main fundraising target, William will help the Cotswold Riding for the Disabled Association to raise £5,000 for their activities. This local charity, based at Cheltenham Racecourse, is only a mile from where he lives – William looks down to the racecourse from Cleeve Hill every time he rides out. The challenge – for William and Strider – is to travel to the four corners of England! They will pass through towns and cities, visiting 30 Cathedrals and Abbeys en route. William wants to make enough noise as possible (he is learning to play the trumpet) to help him surpass the £250,000 target. The pair start their adventure on Saturday 11th May, starting and finishing at the Farncombe Estate (on the side of the Cotswolds near the village of Broadway) where William worked from 1983 to 2011. They will be visiting Gloucester Cathedral at 10am on Monday 13th May, so why not pop along and support them? The ride will take 6 months or more – a long, tiring journey for both horse and rider. They’ll certainly have ‘earned’ every penny raised for these great causes! For details/donations visit www.rideroundengland.org

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Delicious Dishes

Chocolate, Cherry & Walnut Brownies Ingredients: 200g/7oz unsalted butter 200g/7oz dark chocolate (I use Sainsbury’s ‘Basics’) 3 large eggs 300g/101⁄2 oz granulated sugar 2tsp vanilla extract 125g/41⁄2oz plain flour Pinch of salt 100g/31⁄2 oz dried cherries 100g/31⁄2 oz walnut pieces Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. 2 Grease and line a 20x30cm (8-12in) rectangular baking tin, 3-4cm (1-11⁄2 in) deep, with greaseproof or parchment paper. 3 Melt the butter and chocolate either in a bowl over a pan of simmering water or gently in the microwave. 4 With an electric whisk, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until they are thick and creamy. 5 Mix in the melted chocolate and butter.

6 Finally, stir in the flour, salt, cherries and walnuts. 7 Pour into baking tin and cook for about 25 minutes until the top is cracking and the centre is just set. 8 Leave to cool in the tin for about 20 minutes before cutting into squares.

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‘A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands’ Lord Byron

A perfect combination! The Parrot Bar and Grill in North Place, Cheltenham, is already well known for its impressive steak menu, from a succulent Herefordshire Angus rump to a Tomahawk Kobe rib eye – touted as the finest steak in the world! Building on the success of specialising in these fantastic grills, The Parrot has now added some superb seafood and fish dishes to their menu – scallops, oysters, whitebait, crayfish, tuna and, star of the show, lobster! You can view the new menu online at www.theparrotbar.com.

Champagne Cocktails Half Price! There’s not many places in Gloucestershire that regularly serve lobster, and certainly not at sensible prices – at The Parrot whole lobster dishes range from £24.95-£26.95 and half lobster (ideal for starters) from £12.95-£14.95. And if those prices aren’t quite tempting enough for you to visit, there’s an extra 10% off any lobster with the advertisement below. It’s deemed appropriate to enjoy Champagne with lobster so, to enhance your pleasure, The Parrot are serving Champagne Cocktails at half price – only £4.95 each – for diners selecting lobster as a starter or main course! We had to go along and try the new menu for ourselves and, having never had lobster before, I chose it as my starter. I like food with a bit of a kick, so went for the lobster milano – grilled lobster drizzled

with a light garlic, chilli, cream and seafood sauce, served with a timbale of spaghetti. I was given a special lobster ‘tool’ to get the meat out but was not sure if I was using it right, anyway the shell looked empty when I had finished – it was delicious! I followed this with a Herefordshire Angus rump with The Parrot’s renowned triple cooked chips, and a most refreshing Citrus Panna Cotta for dessert. My husband had the Carpaccio of Beef for starter, and our son had the Spanish King Prawns & Chorizo – the presentation of both was as beautiful as they tasted. They decided to share their main courses – Whole Lobster and 16oz T-bone steak – and described both as ‘awesome’. From the impressive selection of home made desserts, they chose Creme Brulee and Chocolate & Caramel Mousse – scrummy!

An array of choices on the menu Other features that made our evening a joy from start to finish included the attentive and accommodating attitude of the staff, especially helpful when you have such an array of choices on the menu and you don’t know what to pick! The venue itself is much more than your regular ‘pub’ – it’s spacious, yet warm, and the refurbished dining area is a pleasure to eat in. There’s no Juke Box or TV – just pleasant background music – and parking couldn’t be easier, the large Portland Street car park is just across the ‘one way system’ about a minute’s walk.

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The Local Answer Event Listings are compiled and presented in good faith with the kind support of many contributors. We recommend you use the contact details provided to check event information updates prior to planning your visit. 30 APRIL-4 MAY ENGLISH TOURING OPERA ETO returns to the Everyman performing Mozart’s CosÌ fan tutte (Tue and Sat), Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (Wed and Fri) and Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. Box Office: 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk. 1-6 MAY CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL Headlining at this year’s jazz festival are Madeleine Peyroux, Van Morrison, Laura Mvula, Lianne La Havas and the new king of vocal jazz Gregory Porter. For details visit www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz. 3 MAY DON’T DO DATING: DRINKS & LIGHT BUFFET For singles without pressure at the Lansdown Bar (upstairs). Bring friends and create new ones. www.dont-dodating.co.uk / 07712 433978 4 MAY MIDDLE 8 FROM EAST YORKSHIRE Singing their own arrangements of popular 50’s, 60’s & 70’s songs. All proceeds to Youth for India and Serbia charity. Holy Apostles Church, London Road. 7pm. Tickets on the door: Adults £5, Children £3, Family £10. SANDFORD PARKS LIDO OPENS First opportunity of the year to take a dip in Cheltenham’s outdoor pool. To celebrate the opening the entrance price will be 2p. www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk. 4-6 MAY OAKLEY LIMPIX Great fun and entertainment for the whole family! Saturday: come and try football, athletics, archery, golf, table tennis, fast cricket, rounders. Sunday: Opening Ceremony 5pm at Cornerstone Centre. Monday: fun sports and games for all ages/abilities with comedian announcer Joe Fisher and the Music Man, plus medals, crafts, face painting, indoor/outdoor games and more. Free entry! Clyde Crescent Playing Field, Oakley, Cheltenham. For more information: 07823 776670.

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Come and enjoy 45 minutes of guided meditations followed by 15 minutes of relaxation. Suitable for all levels, beginners welcome. Courses throughout the year in central Cheltenham. Tuesday Evenings 7.30 – 8.30 pm For enquiries or to book contact Jenny Warner DipBSoM www.quietmomentsmeditation.com Tel: 07583 105589 or E- mail: quietmoments@btinternet.com

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7 MAY FILM: HOPE SPRINGS [12A]

Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couples specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her sceptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. 7.45pm Tickets: £6 (£5) Box Office: 01242 258002 www.bacontheatre.co.uk 8 MAY MUM-TO-BE TIME: PAMPERING FOR PREGNANT LADIES An exclusive evening at Chapel Spa to experience some luxury during your 9mth s-t-r-e-t-c-h. www.jttevents.co.uk/ events/mum-to-be-time/ / 07712 433978 10 MAY CARDUCCI QUARTET

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Haydn’s ‘Emperor’ Quartet and Dvorak’s wonderful ‘American’ Quartet and will celebrate Britten’s anniversary year with a performance of Three Divertimenti. 7.30pm. Tickets: £15. Box Office: 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk 10-11 MAY BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET

This breathtaking programme presents a work from great British choreographer John Cranko, alongside Jessica Lang’s beautiful Lyric Pieces, and thrilling excerpts from some of the world-famous classics with which Birmingham Royal Ballet has made its name, all performed to live music from members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk. 11 MAY THE RANDWICK WAP Ancient procession led by the Mop Man swishing his mop to clear the crowds with the Mayor and Queen being carried through the streets surrounded by flag boys and cheese bearers. The Mayor is then dunked in the Mayor’s ponds and doused in spring water. Two Double Gloucester cheeses are rolled down the hill at Well Leaze and the festival continues with music, dancing and entertainment. Free entry, small charge for programme and parking. 12.45pm start. www.randwick.org.uk. THE CHELTENHAM FRYER The famous GWR’s Special fish and chip train will be offering a leisurely Saturday ride through the Cotswolds. The steam special includes a large fish and chips meal. Trains depart Toddington Station 7pm and return about 9.30pm. Price £20. Toddington GL54 5DT.

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Massive £4.5 million investment in Dean Close Prep School’s future Those of you who drive down the Lansdown Road in Cheltenham cannot fail to see the huge building project underway at Dean Close Preparatory School. This building, which is due to be completed in autumn 2013, will provide a new state of the performing arts centre, additional music suite, academic classrooms and formal reception area. The building will replace the old school hall which was built in the 70’s. The new theatre, which will be used for drama, music performances, school assemblies and examinations, will also have backstage facilities including a Green Room. Attached to the hall will be eight teaching areas, which will be located over two floors and will include a dedicated IT suite and Drama rooms. These new classrooms will enable the Prep School to locate subjects much more in faculty groups to further Artists Impression advance cross - curricular teaching and learning. The building will also provide a formal aspirations of the School. A music suite will also be included which If anyone would like further information will link the current Music School to the new reception area where parents and visitors on the new building or entry to Dean Close drama and performance space. This will can be welcomed into the school. The building has been designed in a please ring comprise five music practice rooms and a contemporary manner reflecting the Mrs Rebecca Chaplin on 01242 258001. dedicated guitar room.

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Three great party venues in one beautiful park Prinknash Bird and Deer Park is a wonderful environment for children to ‘get close to nature’. They may not completely register the beautiful, safe, tranquil surroundings, but they’ll certainly remember the joy of meeting and seeing the array of wildlife. The huge variety of peafowl plus the tame deer, reindeer and miniature donkeys are all very friendly – children adore feeding and petting them. It’s no surprise then that Prinknash is a superb location for children’s birthday parties, and there’s three wonderful bespoke ‘venues’ within the park available for bookings. ‘Teal’ and ‘Eider’ are both stunning Gypsy Caravans, and then there’s the terrific ‘Mad Hatter’s Marquee’. All three locations make the perfect place to host your child’s party with catering and stunning birthday cakes also available. For more details, or to book a fantastic fun day out for your child’s special birthday celebration, visit www.thebirdanddeerpark.com, call 01452 812727 or email enquiries@thebirdpark.com.

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WIN TICKETS! We’ve got a pair of tickets each for two lucky readers to win to see the fabulous Miss Nightingale courtesy of Everyman Theatre. Showing from 24-29 June, the burlesque musical brings the glamour, sparkling wit and vintage sounds of the period thrillingly to life. There’s showbiz and scandal in 1940s London as two men struggle, in the shadows of a war-torn city, to thrust a new cabaret star into the spotlight. But off stage, sexual tensions threaten to reveal secrets more explosive than the blitz. Maggie Brown (played by burlesque bombshell Amber Topaz) dreams of becoming famous as she nurses wounded soldiers in an East End hospital. It isn’t long before ‘Miss Nightingale’ explodes onto the stage – ruffling feathers and shocking polite society with her scandalous exploits, outfits and risqué songs. For full details on show times, prices and booking, call 01242 572573 or visit www.everymantheatre.org.uk. To enter our draw just send your name, address and telephone number to Miss Nightingale, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to competitions@thelocalanswer.co.uk – please state ‘Miss Nightingale’ in the subject line. Closing date: Monday 13th May 2013. 11 MAY JUNK Bins, bottles, brushes and drain pipes all get a makeover as these truly innovative performers entertain, amaze and have you in stitches as they take you on a journey through their world of JuNk. Heralded as the new phenomenon to hit the entertainment world, JuNk are four guys who collectively feature four elements of performing arts. Hilarious dance routines, harmonized singing, acting and immensely talented percussion are all in the repertoire that go to make up this action packed, totally interactive show. 7.30pm. £15 (£13). Box Office: 01242 258002 www.bacontheatre.co.uk 12 MAY DRAGON BOAT RACING The 16th Annual Dragon Boat Regatta will again take place at Gloucester’s historic docks. Funfair, farmer’s market, bands and stalls. Boat races every 15 minutes. 10am6pm. Spectators free. CHELTENHAM SPA SPORTIVE AT SANDFORD PARKS LIDO Short or long charity raising cycle events starting at Sandford Parks Lido. Shorter 64m heading towards Brecon HIll or 88m route through the Cotswolds. Also 25 miles Lido Ride where all proceeds from £10 entry and any sponsorship monies will go directly to ensuring Sandford Park Lido remains open for the community. 8am start. www.sandparkslido.org.uk. DON’T DO DATING WALK 3-4 mile circular walk through beautiful

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Cotswold countryside starting and ending at a pub. www.dont-do-dating.co.uk / 07712 433978 PRESCOTT CLASS CAR EVENT Your chance to see hundreds of very special classic cars and even meet Sir Stirling Moss. All proceeds to local Rotary charties. 9am-5pm. Tickets £15 per car and occupants. Prescott, Gotherington Gl52 9RD. 14-18 MAY TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

event. 7.30pm. The Kings Theatre, Kingsbarton Street, Gloucester GL1 1QX. Tickets £8 (reserved seats), £7 (concessions) available from 01452 522795 or Gloucester Tourist Information, 28 Southgate Street (01452 396572). 15 MAY DON’T DO DATING DINNER Join other happy singles for a delicious meal at Real China. www.dont-do-dating.co.uk / 07712 433978 JUST COLOUR

Bristol’s nationally renowned Shakespeare company makes its first visit to the Everyman with this darkly comic early romance in which friendship and love, and loyalty and betrayal are the real players. “If you’ve never found Shakespeare funny, do try this” The Guardian. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk. THE POWER OF THE DOG By Ellen Dryden and presented by The Phoenix Players. A witty but moving portrayal of fractured family life and the reverberations of actions long after the

Learn how to style your home with colour from the experts. Absolute-Academy School of Interior Design has teamed up with the Cotswolds’ leading supplier of fabrics – Just Fabrics – to host this special event. Participants will receive: Illustrated talk and hands-on workshop, materials to create your own mood board, access to hundreds of fabrics, complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz, 20% discount voucher for Just Fabrics. 10am-12.30pm. £45. Just Fabrics Cheltenham showroom (next to Waitrose upper level car park). Limited places. To book: call Jane Saunders 01993 823690 or visit www.justfabrics.co.uk.

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Gloucester Rugby are delighted to announce they will be hosting two music concerts this summer – kicking off with McFly on Thursday 13th June, followed by Ronan Keating on Friday 14th June. This will be the third consecutive year that Kingsholm has hosted music concerts outside of the rugby season, and follows on from last year’s sell out success with Tom Jones – continuing to add strength to the developing ‘Live at Kingsholm’ brand. McFly celebrate their tenth anniversary this year, have sold more than ten million records worldwide, and have a new album out this summer. Singer and songwriter Ronan Keating, who first came to prominence as a member of Boyzone, has sold an impressive 10 million copies of his 11 solo albums and has performed in fifty countries. The Irish singer has also duetted with the likes of LeAnn Rimes and LuLu, and recently launched his new solo album titled ‘Fires’ which he recorded in London and Dublin. Gloucester Rugby’s CEO, Stephen Vaughan spoke of his delight at confirming McFly and Ronan Keating in what will be two evenings of fantastic live music at Kingsholm Stadium: “We are really pleased to be building on the success of the two previous live concerts we’ve held at the stadium. The Wanted and Tom Jones were 18 MAY HAYDN – THE CREATION

Popular choral work performed by Charlton Kings Choral Society with the Regency Sinfonia orchestra and professional soloists. 7.30pm. Pittville Pump Room. Tickets £15. Further details: 01451 822110 or www.ckcsonline.org.uk. THE KOMMITMENTS

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both amazing events – Kingsholm has proved itself to be a terrific live music venue. “We think that, with McFly and Ronan Keating, we have secured two acts who will appeal to a broad cross section of music fans and hope to see Kingsholm rocking as it has in the past.” Tickets for both concerts are now on sale and are priced as follows: McFly Live at Kingsholm on Thursday 13th June 2013 (gates open 5.30pm) – £25 general admission, VIP £55. Ronan Keating Live at Kingsholm on Friday 14th June 2013 (gates open 5.30pm) – £30 general admission, VIP £60. Book online at www.liveatkingsholm.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Alternatively contact the Box Office direct on 0871 871 8781 option 2. The Commitments, this show features classics such as Mustang Sally, Hard to Handle, and Take Me to the River, plus many classic soul hits too. As in the film, the band come from all walks of life, dedicating themselves to becoming “the hardest working band” of their genre and it's that dedication and passion for soul music that grabs the audience from the moment the band explode onto the stage. Tickets: £15 (£14). 7.30pm. Box Office: 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk 18-19 MAY STEAM AND REAL ALE WEEKEND AT GWR Enjoy a pint of two from a choice of up to 24 different beers, many from local breweries. Bar open from 10.30-6pm. All day rover ticket £14, child £6. GWR, Toddington GL54 5DT 21 MAY FILM: LIFE OF PI [PG]

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keeper. Patel’s family decide to uproot from their native India to Canada. However, en route, a shipwreck leaves Pi adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a small lifeboat with a 450 pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. This visually spectacular film has already picked up four Academy Awards, two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe. 7.45pm Tickets: £6 (£5) Box Office: 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk 21-25 MAY JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

The Birmingham Stage Company proudly presents Roald Dahl’s amazing story, following its acclaimed productions of George’s Marvellous Medicine, Horrible Histories and The Jungle Book. If you’re looking for fruit-filled fun and wizzpopping wonders, then don’t miss James and his Giant Peach! Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk.

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WIN TICKETS! Exhilarating JuNk The Bacon Theatre present the dynamic young performance group JuNk on Saturday 11th May. Using nothing but rubbish, these four exhilarating men promise to create an utterly explosive performance of drumming, singing, comedy and dance at the Cheltenham venue. Bins, bottles, brushes and drain pipes will all get a makeover as these truly innovative performers entertain, amaze and have the audience in stitches as they take them on a journey through their world of JuNk. Heralded as the new phenomenon to hit the entertainment world, JuNk feature four elements of performing arts. Hilarious dance routines, harmonized singing, acting and immensely talented percussion. Tickets to watch JuNk’s energetic performance cost just £15 (£13 concessions) and can be booked via the Bacon Theatre box office on 01242 258002 or by visiting www.bacontheatre.co.uk. To enter our draw to win one of 3 pairs of tickets, just send your name, address and telephone number to JuNk, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to competitions@thelocalanswer.co.uk – please state JuNk in the subject line. Closing date: Tuesday 7th May 2013. 22 MAY HARVEY ANDREWS CHARITY CONCERT The legendary folk singer/writer will be performing in aid of Cotswold Riding for the Disabled at Hatherley Cricket Club, Shurdington Road, Cheltenham GL51 4XA. 7.30pm. Tickets £10 available from sue4rda@yahoo.co.uk. 07930 471425. 24-26 MAY LECHLADE FESTIVAL A family friendly music orientated festival weekend featuring over 60 bands, 3 stages, burlesque revue, comedy and entertainment including belly dancing. Refreshments, real ale and stalls. Camping available. Visit www.lechladefestival.co.uk for more information and tickets. 24-27 MAY TALL SHIPS AT GLOUCESTER DOCKS Visitors are invited to board the Tall Ships on the Saturday and Sunday – wristbands on sale in advance (valid for whole weekend), accompanying children free. Flotilla of ships 12-1pm on the Friday. www.gloucesterwaterwaysmuseum.org.uk. BEER FESTIVAL AT THE ROYAL OAK This annual beer festival weekend with around 21 different ales commences with ‘The Office Fall Out Festival Night’ on Friday 6-11pm. Saturday it’s partying from 12-11pm, Sunday 12-10.30pm – and for those man enough to chance the last few pints – Monday 12-10.30pm. The Royal Oak, Prestbury GL52 3DL. Tickets free.

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29 MAY LADIES ME-TIME Exclusive & intimate evening of pampering for ladies at the stunning Manor by the Lake with free treatments. www.jttevents.co.uk/events/ladies-metime-evening/ / 07712 433978 DRAMA: MISTRESSES

The stars of the sell-out shows Mutton and Madame Blavatsky Lives are back with a sensational new play, Mistresses, by Joan Greening (creator of ITV's The Cabbage Patch and Trouble and Strife). Greening's comic genius has woven the lives of Nell Gwynn, Lillie Langtry, Dorothy Jordan and the loves of Dante Gabriel Rossetti into a stunning historical drama. With pathos and bawdy humour, these mistresses of Kings and artists tell heart-rending tales of love, lust and laughter. Starring Jean Heard, Julia Munrow and Donna Flinn. Tickets: £12

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Do you remember sitting together as children and listening to a grown-up read you a story? The Bacon Theatre and local writer-performer Philip Douch have joined forces to recreate just that sort of experience – with a twist. A Feast of Stories is an informal evening of stories, not for children but for adults, written by local authors to be read aloud and loosely connected by the theme of food. Laughs are guaranteed, love may or may not bloom, disasters are sure to occur, and at least one story will make you shudder. Suitable for adults and young people aged 14yrs and over. 7.30pm. Prince Michael Hall. Tickets: £10 (to include a glass of wine or juice) Box Office: 01242 258002 www.bacontheatre.co.uk.

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31 MAY ROBERT DOVER’S COTSWOLD OLIMPICKS A fantastic family fun evening out. The Games start at 7.30pm with races, games, music and entertainment. Games include wrestling, tug-of-war, standing jump and the famous shin kicking contest! Torch procession with marching bands and live music in the town square. £6 adult, £3 children. Dover Hill, Chipping Campden. 31 MAY-2 JUNE WYCHWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL The ninth Wychwood Festival promises music, workshops, comedy, poetry, cinema, children’s literature festival, real ales, great food, headphone disco, healing gardens, sculpture garden and idyllic camping. Cheltenham Racecourse. www.wychwoodfestival.com. 31 MAY-10 JUNE SEVERNSIDE SUMMER FESTIVAL Set in the villages of Frampton, Framilode, Fretherne, Saul and Arlingham, this friendly local festival has something for everyone: music, art, craft, drama and sport. Exhibitions of country crafts, art and flowers can be found in the beautiful historic churches and halls. Expect to find Morris dancing, boules tournaments, and willow weaving. Visit the archive of village photographs. Bach’s cello suites and the Gloucester Cathedral choir at Evensong. Further information tel. 01452 742195 or go online at www.stmarysframptononsevern.org.uk

1 JUNE BRADLEY ROAD SALE Once again the residents of this friendly road in Charlton Kings are joining together between 10am-2pm to hold a sale of plants, toys, books, general household and garden items, and much more! You’ll never know what’s on offer until the day – previous items include garden play and gym equipment, bicycles, lawn mowers – even a house! Please join us! 4-8 JUNE RUDDYGORE

4-9 JUNE CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL The eleventh Cheltenham Science Festival promises to be as diverse as ever, exploring everything from DNA and frontier medicine to comets and the humble cup of tea. Guest speakers – Physicist Peter Higgs, Africa Eye to Eye series producer James Honeyborne, Maurice Saatchi, Dara O’Briain. Box office: 0844 880 8094 8 JUNE ANNUAL SUMMER FETE Great entertainment for children and adults (including Jumping Castle, Belly Dancers, Tombola) plus Good Food, Nearly New Toys, Plant stalls etc. 12-3pm. Sacred Hearts Catholic Church, Moorend Road, Charlton Kings GL53 9AU. FB Page: Sacred Hearts Catholic Church, Charlton Kings Summer Fete. 9 JUNE OPEN GARDENS Beautiful cottage gardens open in aid of Cheltenham Animal Shelter and RSPCA. 12-5pm. Limbrick Cottage, Waterlane, near Oakridge, Stroud GL6 7PN. 01452 770505. Parking available.

Presented by The Cotswold Savoyards, this is Gilbert & Sullivan’s spookiest show and is a hilarious send-up of a Victorian melodrama. 7.30pm and 2pm Sat matinee. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ. Box office: 01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk.

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WIN TICKETS! ‘The affordable festival’ According to its organisers, Lechlade Festival (24th-26th May) is “the affordable music festival in the Cotswolds”. With so much on offer, the prices do represent great value for money – over 50 bands on 2 stages at Riverside Park in Lechlade, right by the River Thames. You can Rock to reggae, ska to swing, punk to poetry, jazz to jive, indie and everything in between, and then there’s the Burlesque Revue from Missy Malone & Friends. There are free drumming, belly dancing and music workshops, plus children’s authors, poetry workshops and readings. The mini food village features organic and locally sourced food, and the real ale bar is run by Lechlade’s own microbrewery serving CAMRA awardwinning brews such as Old Lech, plus award-winning cider from Hogan’s Cider. For a bit of posh, Champagne Warehouse offer ‘grower fizz’, hand selected champagnes & sparkling wines. Weekend tickets start from just £25 and it’s free for kids 16 and under (12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For full details, including a full line-up of the acts, visit www.lechladefestival.co.uk. We’ve got a pair of weekend tickets worth £35 each for one lucky reader to win. To enter our draw just send your name, address and telephone number to Lechlade Festival, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to competitions@thelocalanswer.co.uk – please state Lechlade Festival in the subject line. Closing date: Monday 13th May 2013. 11-15 JUNE CHARLEY’S AUNT A madcap comedy presented by acclaimed theatre company Creative Cow. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk. 17-22 JUNE LESS THAN KIND

A lost Terence Rattigan classic starring William Gaminara (Silent Witness) and Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses). Also starring Charlie Hamblett who played the young Laurie Lee in the Everyman’s own production of Cider with Rosie. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk. 23 JUNE GLOUCESTER’S RACE FOR LIFE Be part of the biggest fight against cancer at

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COMPETITION WINNERS Thanks to all who took part in our April competitions and congratulations to the winners: Bacon Theatre – Tickets for Jerry Lee Lewis – Peter Hardiman of Benhall, Mrs B. Day of Woodmancote and Mike Waldron of Tivoli. Clear Natural Spas – 10 day Hot Tub Hire – Jim MacWhirter of Hatherley. The Everyman Theatre – Family Ticket for James and the Giant Peach – Maureen Thomas Powell of Brockworth and Gareth Haines of Up Hatherley.

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